Developments in Information Technology have challenged
industrial design tradition by demanding a shift of emphasis from
the idea of "product-as-object" towards the notion of
"product-as-event" where the dynamic and interactive qualities of
products and services need to be better understood in the context
of human behaviour. This shift of focus has inspired us to develop
our Interaction Design Programme and to initiate new areas of
research in the design field.
It has become a major challenge for industrial designers to
design useful and easily comprehensible products and therefore this
has become an increasingly important part of industrial design
education. The convergence of computing, communications and media
has given rise to products and services ranging from mobile
telephones to social media environments where functional and
technological complexity have often resulted in confusion and
frustration for users.
Our interaction design education offers exciting opportunities
for designers to extend their existing skills into new territory
where the focus is on people's needs rather than technological
capability. Our vision for interaction design is not only about the
design of the object but also about the object of design.
The students of the programme are running and updating the InteractionDesign.se
blog with various interaction design news and information.